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Jericole Hellems: "They're Ready To Work"

October 13, 2021
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NC State junior wing Jericole Hellems met with the media to share his thoughts on the Wolfpack and much more!

NOTE: Click the video above to watch his interview.


What are your expectations for Manny Bates this season?
“Just for him to show a lot of people that he’s more than just a defensive player. He has a lot of love for the game and enjoys being on the court. I’m so proud of him and the work he’s put in through his career, and I’m just excited for him to showcase his talents.”

On the defensive end, how much confidence does Bates’ presence give you?
“Obviously, it gives you a sense of having a second line of defense, but being able to have that on the team gives you a certain confidence that not only gives you that but helps you step up your defensive ability as well.”

How impressed have you been with the newcomers to the program, both freshmen and transfers?
“They’ve been impressive. Those guys have come in and haven’t done a lot of complaining. They came in ready to work and do whatever they need to do to help the team. I’ve seen a lot of guys come in and feel a certain type of cockiness about them because they have their certain high school accolades. Breon Pass has every right to have a certain cockiness about him, but they’re respectable guys, and they’re ready to work.”

What’s going to be the identity of this squad?
“As far as identity, I think just having the heart and having that sense of grittiness every night that we step on the floor, and no matter who’s on the other end, just give 100 percent.”

What’s your impression on Bates’ impact and his leadership from his position?
“He’s a big senior for us. He’s a great leader on and off the court. He’s not really a vocal guy, but he’s working on that. He leads by example, and he works 100 percent every day and tries to give back to the team as much as he can.”

 
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